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May 12, 2011

At A Glance

Four UI students receive U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship

Four University of Iowa students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study critical languages during the summer of 2011. The students will spend seven to 10 weeks in intensive language institutes in countries where these languages are spoken.
The scholarship recipients are: Jacqueline Cieslak, studying Hindi in India; Rebecca Kreitzer, studying Chinese in China; Addie Leak, studying Arabic in Jordan; and Michelle Quill, studying Bangla/Bengali in Bangladesh.
Quill has been studying Bangla/Bengali through UI International Programs' Autonomous Language Learning Network, which provides UI students, faculty and staff the opportunity to study critical languages not offered through the UI. Quill is also a Fellow of Crossing Borders, an interdisciplinary unit within International Programs. 
The CLS program provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. Approximately 575 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students received scholarships this year from over 5,200 applicants. CLS program participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. 
For more information, visit or contact Joan Kjaer at or 319-335-2026. 


UI Press releases new editions of three Curtis Harnack books

The Bur Oak Books series of the University of Iowa Press will release new editions of three nonfiction books by Curtis Harnack -- "Gentlemen on the Prairie: Victorians in Pioneer Iowa" and the memoirs "We Have All Gone Away" and its sequel, "The Attic" -- on May 15.

Harnack, who grew up on an Iowa farm during the Depression, taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1957-58 and 1959-60, and is a winner of the Iowa Author Award. With Paul Engle he co-edited the "O. Henry Collection, Prize Stories, 1958 and 1959."

He taught for many years at Sarah Lawrence College, where he co-founded the American studies program. He served as president of the School of American Ballet and in 1979 toured Hungary, Yugoslavia and Romania under the auspices of the U.S. State Department to lecture on American literature, and in 1986 he traveled to China on a U.S./China Arts Exchange program.

He is a frequent visitor to Iowa, where he continues to own part of the family farm. He began donating papers to the UI Libraries in 1962, and he is represented on the Iowa City Literary Walk.

The books will be available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at


UW nursing professor to present on translational research May 23

Nancy F. Woods, Ph.D., professor of nursing at the University of Washington, will deliver two presentations as part of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science's Visiting Professorship series from noon to 1:30 p.m. on May 23 and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on May 24. Both events are hosted by the University of Iowa College of Nursing and will be held at UI Hospitals and Clinics (room C44-A GH).

During her first presentation, Woods -- also co-investigator for the Women's Health Initiative Study at the Seattle Clinical Center -- will talk about the role of translational research in the transition to menopause. She has conducted longitudinal and biobehavioral research on the topic and will discuss interdisciplinary efforts to support translational research. The event is free and open to the public.

In her second presentation, Woods will discuss "lessons learned" regarding translating science into practice and share her own experience with developing a research program. Although aimed specifically at pre- and postdoctoral trainees, this presentation is also open to the public.

For more information, contact Linda Liu Hand at 319-335-7040 or


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